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The Knick - Episode 1.01-1.03 - Titles and Press Releases

Episode 1.01 - Method and Madness

Debut: FRIDAY, AUG. 8 (10:00-11:00 p.m. ET/PT)

Other CINEMAX playdates: Aug. 8 (11:00 p.m., midnight, 2:30 a.m.), 9 (9:00 p.m., 12:05 a.m.), 10 (12:15 p.m.), 11 (8:00 p.m., 12:45 a.m.), 12 (10:00 p.m.), 13 (9:00 p.m.), 20 (8:00 p.m.), 27 (7:00 p.m.), 29 (8:00 p.m.) and 31 (2:30 p.m.)

In 1900, John W. Thackery (Clive Owen), a brilliant yet tortured doctor working at the Knickerbocker Hospital in New York, ascends to the role of chief surgeon after the unexpected departure of his mentor, J.M. Christiansen (Matt Frewer). Though Thackery wants Everett Gallinger (Eric Johnson), his own protégé, to take over the assistant chief position, Cornelia Robertson (Juliet Rylance), daughter of the hospital's major benefactor, insists he hire Algernon Edwards (André Holland), a talented black doctor who trained in London and Paris. Edwards encounters enmity and resentment on his first day at the Knick, but his desire to remain prevails after joining Thackery, Gallinger, Dr. Bertram "Bertie" Chickering, Jr. (Michael Angarano) and Nurse Lucy Elkins (Eve Hewson) in the operating theater for a daring surgical procedure.

Written by Jack Amiel & Michael Begler; directed by Steven Soderbergh.


Episode 1.02 - Mr. Paris Shoes

Debut: FRIDAY, AUG. 15 (10:00-11:00 p.m.)

Other CINEMAX playdates: Aug. 15 (11:00 p.m., 1:15 a.m.), 16 (9:00 p.m., midnight), 17 (12:50 p.m.), 18 (8:00 p.m., 12:30 a.m.), 19 (10:00 p.m.), 20 (9:00 p.m.), 27 (8:00 p.m.), 29 (9:00 p.m.) and 31 (3:30 p.m.)

Already fuming over the hospital's faulty new electrical system, Thackery tasks Herman Barrow (Jeremy Bobb), the Knick's crooked superintendent, to deliver more cadavers so that he and his team can test out novel surgical procedures. With more patients dying, Edwards offers to share a procedure he learned in France, but is rebuffed by Thackery and Gallinger. Robertson addresses a typhoid-fever outbreak; Elkins is taken into Thackery's confidence; Sister Harriet (Cara Seymour) breaks a taboo. Edwards finds an alternative way to perform his duties.

Written by Jack Amiel & Michael Begler; directed by Steven Soderbergh.


Episode 1.03 - The Busy Flea

Debut: FRIDAY, AUG. 22 (10:00-11:00 p.m.)

Other CINEMAX playdates: Aug. 22 (11:00 p.m., 1:40 a.m.), 23 (9:00 p.m., 12:10 a.m.), 24 (2:40 p.m.), 25 (8:00 p.m., 1:40 a.m.), 26 (10:00 p.m.), 27 (8:50 p.m.), 29 (9:50 p.m.) and 31 (4:20 p.m.)

Thackery weighs performing surgery on a former flame, and orders Gallinger and Chickering to experiment on pigs. Barrow goes to extremes in order to pay off a debt and recover a missing tooth. After a bad day at work, Edwards takes out his frustrations at a local bar. Robertson is relieved when her pleas about treating a patient with typhoid fever are finally heard.

Written by Jack Amiel & Michael Begler; directed by Steven Soderbergh.


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